Forest Schools 3

For our 3rd Forest School session we headed back to the Secret Garden. Everyone in Onyx Class loves the Secret Garden!

We started our session by playing the game 1-2-3 Where Are You? The children are getting really good at it now and some children managed to hide for a really long time. C91CDBBE-13A7-479E-84DC-5F52682E2153

We’d  heard there might be some goblins and fairies in the Secret Garden so went for a closer look. There were a couple in the trees which made us decide we would like to make some our own. Miss Parker showed us how to make the clay stick to the tree and use natural materials we found to create the features of the goblins. Some of us decided to make our goblin with a friend and some of us decided to make our own.


Don’t our goblins look fabulous? Can you see the alien goblin covered in tentacles? Which one do you think it is?


We left our goblins in the Secret Garden to help look after it while we were back down at school. Maybe you’ll see them if you go up there soon.

We had one last job to do before we went back to the classroom. Miss Parker asked us to find some long natural materials which we could use for weaving. Some children found really long sticks so we decided to take them back and see if we could make a weaving wigwam.


We also made some smaller weaving frames which you can find in our classrooms.

We have loved another session in the Secret Garden for Forest Schools.

What have we been learning? 

  • To listen to our friends and maintain our attention on a game. 
  • To use our imaginations to create new goblin creatures. 
  • To explore the properties of natural materials. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Talk about different creatures that you might find in a Garden. Make up some stories about what the creatures do when you’re not there. 
  • Look for natural materials in your gardens or at the park. 
  • Make your own weaving frames and weave the natural materials to create art, like this…. 






Diwali Celebrations

Last week it was Diwali which is a Hindu celebration. We looked at a picture and decided what we wanted to learn. You can see some of the things we said at the bottom of this Floor Book page.


We had a range of activities out in our classroom for everyone to learn more about Diwali. When we were learning the story of Rama and Sita we watched it on a video and read the story in an ebook. If you want to watch the video again you can watch it here. CBeebies Let’s Celebrate Diwali- Rama and Sita Story


We found out the lights were called Diva Lamps and they were used to light Rama and Sita’s way home. We decided we’d like to make some of our own. While we made the lamps we used Critique to help us make them better. We had to talk about what our friends had done well and what we we would suggest to help them make it better. (If you want to find out more about Critique click on this link the whole school webpage about it)



Mrs Ainsley thought our lamps were so good she showed them to the rest of the school in Assembly. We learnt that Hindus put their lamps on the windowsills so everyone can see them. We learnt this by watching videos about what happens are Diwali.


If you’d like to watch the videos at home click on the the link. There are two videos- Preparing for Diwali and Celebrating Diwali.

CBeebies Let’s Celebrate Diwali 

We decided we’d like to try some of the Indian foods which Jessica had shown us in her video. Everyone gave everything a try even if they didn’t like it.


We wrote some of the things we’d learnt in our Floor Book at the end of the week.


Thankfully the Diva Lamps did dry and we could paint them.

What have we been learning? 

  • About the celebrations of another culture and religion to ours. 
  • About a new story- Rama and Sita- and learning to retell it in the correct order. 
  • To try new foods even if we’ve not seen or heard of them before. 
  • To use clay to make a given object and also how to make it better with help from our friends. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Talk about different celebrations you have in your family. 
  • Watch the videos again and talk about what is happening and why. 
  • If you’ve got play dough at home, use it to make Diva Lamps and other given objects. If you’ve not got play dough at home look out for a recipe coming soon on this blog!